I seem to have fairly significant higher frequency hearing loss. However while having a hearing loss, I seem to be super sensitive to any sudden noise like banging and clanking of pots and pans or cutlery. On one hand I am having some trouble crisply understanding speech on the TV in front of me, and the next minute I am jumping out of my skin in response to a sudden noise in the kitchen a room away. Does our body hearing system have a function similar to a microphone set up to automatically change sensitivity based on how loud the noise being recorded is? What I am thinking is that my body volume control is being cranked up so I can hear speech and then a sudden noise makes the sound so loud it is almost painful. Is this true?
And my second part of the question/concern is what will happen if I am fitted with hearing aids. Is this effect going to get worse? Or better?